Diet vs. Exercise which one comes out on top?

March 16th, 2015
by Maureen Molloy, Group Fitness Director, Personal Trainer, & Nutrition Coach

WEIGHT LOSS

Which method, diet or exercise, will result in the biggest change on the scales?

The correct answer is Diet. Typically, cutting calories through changes to our food intake promotes weight loss more effectively than exercise. It is a lot easier to eat 1000 calories than it is to burn 1000 calories. For instance, 1 piece of cake can be 1000 calories, which could be equal to the calories burned in 1 LESMILLSTM cardio class and 1 BODYPUMPTM class. However, this does not mean physical activity is not important for weight control – once you reach an ideal mass, exercise is critical for long-term maintenance.

ENERGY LEVELS

Is diet or exercise the best way to get more energy during the day?

Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more sustained energy throughout the day. Exercise is also the answer for short bursts of energy. It causes the brain to release invigorating neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Over 70 scientific studies have demonstrated that people who exercise are more productive due to enhanced energy levels.

HEART DISEASE

Is diet or exercise more important in preventing heart disease?

The answer is BOTH. They each play a large role in preventing heart disease. Exercise is critical to keep blood-sugar levels stable as our muscles use glucose. Exercise can also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Diet can affect these variables too. A diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol, while limiting salt or sodium, can lower blood pressure. Therefore, achieving optimal health through exercise and diet is the strings defense against heart disease.

DEPRESSION

Which influences depression and anxiety the most – diet or exercise?

Definitely Exercise. when we participate in physical activity, our bodies release endorphins, which trigger positive feelings shown to reduce depression. According to a study from the University of Vermont in the USA, a 20 minute sweat session can be enough to perk up your mood for up to 12 hours! It can also be as effective as medication for treating depression in some people. and exercise can lead to changes in the brain that strengthen your resolve agains stress.

A HEALTHY AND BALANCED LIFESTYLE REQUIRES A COMBINATION OF DIET AND EXERCISE. REMEMBER, EXERCISE DELIVERS MANY MORE BENEFITS THAN JUST WEIGHT LOSS.

Source:LesMills Education Upskill